Gangplank Build Guide

LoL Gangplank Build Guide

The Best Gangplank Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition

53,862 Gangplank Builds Analyzed

Best Items for Your Gangplank Build

The most essential items to use in your Gangplank build are: Divine Sunderer, Muramana, Ravenous Hydra, and Serpent's Fang. Additionally, as with our rune advice, you can also find quality, dedicated, Gangplank item builds below for the specific enemy team composition you are fighting in your ongoing match. Players who included these items in their kits had a better win rate than those who tried for other Gangplank builds.

Gangplank Items to Defeat Focused Team Comps

Best Gangplank Runes for Your Next Build

Grasp of the Undying Build Rune for Gangplank Grasp of the Undying
Demolish Build Rune for Gangplank Demolish
Conditioning Build Rune for Gangplank Conditioning
Overgrowth Build Rune for Gangplank Overgrowth
Time Warp Tonic Build Rune for Gangplank Time Warp Tonic
Future's Market Build Rune for Gangplank Future's Market
If you are fighting a varied enemy team composition, you should really consider grabbing yourself the Grasp of the Undying, Demolish, Conditioning, Overgrowth, Time Warp Tonic, and Future's Market runes. In recent matches, he won the largest fraction of his games when equiped with these runes. Yet, if you are facing a more homogenous enemy team comp, such as an AD centric or a crowd control centric team, you should instead look below to get the best Gangplank runes to defeat your particular enemy team.

Gangplank Runes to Beat Dedicated Enemy Teams

Grasp of the Undying Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Gangplank Build Grasp of the Undying
Demolish Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Gangplank Build Demolish
Conditioning Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Gangplank Build Conditioning
Overgrowth Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Gangplank Build Overgrowth
Biscuit Delivery Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Gangplank Build Biscuit Delivery
Time Warp Tonic Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Gangplank Build Time Warp Tonic

Guide to Playing with Gangplank

  • Have your allies tell you when there are enemies at low health so you can use Cannon Barrage from afar.
  • Powder Keg can be used to split push in certain situations.


We set our Gangplank build suggestions by analyzing 53,862 recently ranked LoL rounds with him in them. We only advise the highest winrate Gangplank builds that were used by ranked LoL players enough times for us to reccomend them. With so many games in our dataset, we are very confident in our recommended builds.

Additionally, Gangplank builds specific to a unique skill tier can be viewed by picking another division from the dropdown menu located above. The suggested Gangplank build shown will be specific to that tier’s meta.

FAQs About Gangplank

Is AP Gangplank viable? Is AP or AD Gangplank better?

AP Gangplank is very viable. If you build Gangplank to be AP focused, you will need to build the Lich Bane item early on. It will increase your Q damage significantly. AP Gangplank does two things very well. He is able to heal for a very large amount of health, which makes him able to split-push and solo better than AD gangplank. Additionally, his Ult will deal a lot more damage, which is great in late-game teamfights. You need a lot of items to make AP Gangplank powerful. AP Gangplank is more of a late-game build than an early game one. AD Gangplank is still of course very viable and is strong at all phases of the match. If you are new to GP, we recommend you stick with an AD Gangplank build until you are skilled with him.

When should I use my global Ult?

Gangplanks Ult is a great tool to provide support to other lanes, especially from levels 6-10. During this phase of the game, it deals only minimal damage, but it has a powerful slowing effect. This slow can help other lanes escape or chase down other champions to get kills. Unless you need your Ult to finish off an enemy, save it to support your allies.

What is Gangplank's greatest strength?

Gangplanks greatest strength is likely his ability to increase his gold revenue from minions he executes with his Q. Farming in lane, he is able to stack up a large horde that will help propel him into a powerful champion in the late game.

What is GP's greatest strength?

Gangplank is a hard champion to snowball the enemy team with. He has a lot of good counters to other champs that make it difficult to be counter picked, such as his healing ability and Ult + slow; however, he doesn’t have any one overwhelming ability or tactic that can be used to easily dominate the whole battlefield. Gangplank is often a safe pick who can provide great team fighting and split-pushing potential. However, don't expect to carry the whole game alone with him.